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April 18, 2021

Aurescu: the ICC will be able to investigate crimes of aggression

The situation in Ukraine could fall under this classification.

“In the future, the International Criminal Court (ICC) will be able to investigate crimes of aggression,” Secretary of State Bogdan Aurescu stated Monday, going on to ask rhetorically whether the current situation in Ukraine would have been the same, had the ICC’s jurisdiction on crimes of aggression been applicable.
At a conference organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) on the Day of International Criminal Justice, the Secretary of State for Strategic Affairs commented on the formula regarding crimes of aggression, agreed upon at the first Conference on the Amendment of the Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), held in Kampala (Uganda), 2010.
“The extension of the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction over crimes of aggression will be both a historic accomplishment and a chance at a more peaceful future. I wonder if the current situation in Ukraine would have been the same, had the ICC’s jurisdiction on crimes of aggression been applicable,” the MAE official said.
In turn, ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda remarked that the court in Hague “has earned a worldwide reputation as an indispensible, legal institution which promotes justice, lends victims a significant voice, and helps prevents mass crimes that jeopardize the peace, security, and well-being of humanity.”
FM Corlatean: Romania will stay a staunch supporter of the ICC
Romania’s Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean on Monday welcomed Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda, whom he underscored Romania remaining a staunch supporter of this international jurisdictional body, Agerpres informs.
The Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) reports in a press release that in his conversation Corlatean mentioned Romania’s active involvement in supporting the activity of the International Criminal Court.
At the same time, he mentioned Romania’s actions to promote the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the activity of this international tribunal. Among these actions is Bucharest City hosting celebrations of the International Criminal Justice Day, which enjoyed the presence of Bensouda.
The two officials had a brief exchange of opinions on the current situation in Ukraine. Prosecutor Bensouda has initiated an investigation of possible wrongdoings November 21, 2013 – February 22, 2014 following Ukraine’s acceptance of the court’s competence over the said period, reads the release.
Corlatean and Bensouda also exchanged opinions on the latest developments in the activity of the International Criminal Court. Discussed was the initiative of some African Union member states to amend the statute of the International Criminal Court, with the Romanian chief diplomat reiterating Romania’s commitment to the integrity of the statute and the fundamental principles for the functioning of the international criminal justice system not being altered.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is the first and also the only permanent international tribunal. The ICC was created by the Rome Statute, which came into force on July 1, 2002. There are currently 122 states parties to the ICC Statute.
The ICC is intended to complement existing national judicial systems, and may only exercise its jurisdiction when national courts are unwilling or unable to investigate or prosecute such crimes.
Romania has been a traditional supporter of an international criminal justice. Through the voice of his illustrious diplomat and jurist Vespasian Pella, Romania has pleaded for the establishment of a permanent international criminal jurisdiction to support peace and stability in the world ever since WWI.
Romania signed the Rome Statute on July 7, 1999 and ratified it under Law 111 of March 28, 2002, being among the first 60 countries to do so, which made it possible for the statute to come into force.
In 2013, Romania held the position of co-facilitator of the Plan of action for achieving universality and full implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. In that capacity, Romania organised in Bucharest, The Hague and New York events that promoted the Rome Statute and the activity of the court, which included a visit to Bucharest by Chairman of the International Criminal Court Sang-Hyun Song. The events were rounded up by bilateral diplomatic actions designed to promote the universality of the Rome Statute.

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